(Note: We sent the following e-mail to some friends and family members of ours. I decided to copy and paste it for those of you who may not have been able to receive the e-mail. We have deleted the names of the kids because we're not allowed to share any info yet. Your prayers are greatly appreciated)
Dear Friends and Family,
As I am writing this e-mail to you, my heart is filled with a wide mix of emotions. I am incredibly excited, anxious, nervous, etc. to tell you that our plans for fostering/adopting our children has taken a dramatic turn.
In the previous e-mail, I informed you that (baby boy) and (baby girl) have two older brothers. Their brothers' names are (oldest brother) (3 1/2 years old) and (middle brother) (2 1/2 years old). These two brothers were placed in another home with a loving and responsible family.
Over the past week, the other family has come to the conclusion that they do not want the two children placed in their home. On the other hand, Sarah and I have had an incredible week and we have completely fallen in love with our two babies. (you can read more about our experiences here and here) In light of all of this, we have told our social worker that we would like to have the two older children as well. So, within the next week and a half, we will officially have four children in our home.
We came to this decision after much thought and prayer and our choice was made for a couple of reasons. 1) Our hearts are drawn to (baby boy) and (baby girl), and we want them to live the highest quality of lives possible. We believe that this would involve their not being separated from their older brothers. 2) If we only adopted (baby boy) and (baby girl), we would most certainly pursue the adoption of more children in the future. Since that is the case, we decided that we would rather have these four children stay together now instead of finding another sibling set in the future.
Because of all of this, we are looking towards God for His provision. We are in a good spot financially, but we need two major things to happen fairly soon. First, we need to buy a van. We currently have two cars that will not fit all four children so if we go anywhere together, we're going to have to drive separately. Secondly, we can survive in our residence with four children, but we would prefer a larger space. So, I'm currently looking for a bigger apartment. Your prayers for God's provision in these matters are greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much for all of you who have responded with words of kindness and encouragement. This is an incredibly wonderful time for Sarah and me, and we're especially thankful for the support, encouragement, and prayers of friends like you.
Alex and Sarah